We don’t make lights. We find them.

At skinflint we salvage and restore vintage lights that would otherwise go to landfill - from iconic British factories and theatres to abandoned glassworks in former Czechoslovakia. We have three guiding principles:

  • To salvage the best lighting from the 1920s to the 1970s.
  • To restore every piece without compromising character.
  • To refurbish every fixture to the highest modern standards.

skinflint, finding the lights
skinflint, light restoration story

Our ethos

  • We’re on a mission to stop vintage lighting going to landfill and make business a force for good.
  • We’re a Certified B Corp so we put our people, planet and customers above profit and hold ourselves accountable to being the change we want to see in the world, donating 1% of our sales to the planet every year.
  • We work sustainably and constantly evolve the way we operate through product circularity initiatives like Full Circle, our product buy-back scheme.
  • We don’t make lights. We find them. We are skinflint.

The skinflint story

The skinflint story

skinflint is Europe’s leading vintage lighting retailer, supplying restored original vintage lights to shops, hotels, bars and restaurants around the world, from Patagonia, Aesop, Padella and Somerset House, to private residences designed by Plain English. We even offer a lighting hire division for film and tv, which is why skinflint lights can be spotted in titles like Mission Impossible.

We’ve grown a lot over the last few years, but in 2009, skinflint was the brainchild of two lighting enthusiasts - Sophie, a BAFTA award-winning Art Director, and Chris, who spent his early career working with the industry’s brave and bold at Foster + Partners, iGuzzini and Philippe Starck.

This high level exposure led to Chris questioning the status quo; why couldn’t modern-day homes, hotels, shops and restaurants be fitted with salvaged and restored vintage lights? Chris put his theory to the test in a Victorian home in North London, and with that, skinflint was born.

These days, we’re far bigger than a team of two. We’re led by Chris from a Victorian studio in Cornwall where we supply lights on projects globally, from the UK and the US to Hong Kong and Australia. But whilst we’ve grown, we’ve also stayed true to our founding ethos; we continue to stop lighting going to landfill through product circularity initiatives like our Full Circle buy-back scheme. We’re a Certified B Corp, so we use business as a force for good and hold ourselves accountable to being the change we want to see in the world by donating to charities like 1% for the Planet every year.

And when we’re not at our desks or in our workshop, we’re probably out rescuing vintage lights from abandoned WWII munitions factories, famed Bohemian lighting towns, and shipbreakers’ yards in Gujarat.

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A quick word from our customers

Fantastic, so pleased

I have never received a more beautifully packaged item, the light itself is wonderful and we are very pleased. 

- Eleanor | Worcester | UK

Eastern Bloc Fluorescent LED

I've been admiring your lights for a while and the great work you guys do bringing them back to life... My Eastern Bloc LED light is now up and it's beautiful. Thanks for restoring such beautiful lights. 

- John | Kerry | Ireland

US shipment within days

Many thanks for your help. Paying customs was easy and arrival of shipment only took a few days. You made this transaction go so quickly and smoothly, I appreciate it.

- Leslie | Florida | US

Czech industrial pendants

The light works well because the industrial style and it complements the exposed brick walls and stone worktops in the kitchen.

- Charles | London | UK